2/28/15

 


19 Baylor  (21-7, 9-6 Big 12) 

@  20 West Virginia  (22-6, 10-5 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

If you can’t get up for this game, or this entire day you need to check your pulse.  This is what it is all about.  After losing 3 out of 4, including a pummeling at home by Baylor, the Mountaineers are on an absolute tear having won three straight against Kansas, @Oklahoma State and Texas.  Fortunately for West Virginia they are one of 3 teams in the Big 12 that controls their own destiny, but if they are going to win the conference they will definitely have earned it.  With a brutal stretch of @Baylor, @Kansas and Oklahoma State to end the season, it is about as tough as it gets.  Unfortunately for the Mountaineers I don’t know if there is a team playing better in the Big 12 right now than Baylor.  After a disappointing entrance into conference play, you would have to go back to January 17th for the last time a team not named Kansas or Oklahoma State beat them.  For the rest of the Big 12 in that time span Baylor has trounced each team by an average margin of just over 16 points per game.  The only two to stay within single digits were Texas Tech (5) and Iowa State (9). A point to note, one of those beat downs was an 18 point slaughtering in Morgantown, something I am guessing the Mountaineer players or their fans have not forgotten.  West Virginia has a conference title on the line with a big score to settle with Baylor.  If West Virginia loses they will fall behind Baylor in the conference standings and all but end their dreams of hoisting the conference trophy. You have two of the Big 12’s hottest teams set for a collision in Waco and the stakes enormous for both teams. I would give this game 5 barcaloungers if it were in the budget, but alas a perfect 4 barcaloungers.  

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12 Iowa State  (20-7, 10-5 Big 12)   

@  Kansas St  (14-15, 7-9 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

It is really hard to predict these two teams.  Just when you think Iowa State has figured out their road problems after winning two in a row away from Ames, they inexplicably lose to Baylor at Hilton.  Not only was this their first loss at home against an opponent not named Kansas in 3 years, all of this was with first place in the conference on the line with 3 games left.  On the other hand, every time you think the Wildcats are ready to pack it in for the season, they snakebite another team.  After two impressive home wins in a row against the Sooners and their hated rival Jayhawks, the Wildcats are looking to prove their home wins are no fluke.  Still, Iowa State comes into this game with all the pressure and K-State has proven that the Octagon of Doom has been a house of horrors to the conference’s top teams.  If Kansas State is able to refocus after a huge win against KU, and if Iowa State is able to regroup after a shocking loss at home, this game should be a thriller.   3 1/2 barcaloungers.

 

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Texas  (17-11, 6-9 Big 12)
@  8 Kansas  (22-6, 11-4 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

When you saw this game on the schedule at the beginning of the year, you thought that it would have tournament implications. I doubt many thought it would be whether Texas would make the tournament or not. In what can only be described as a disgraceful coaching job by Rick Barnes, Texas has been the most dissapointing team not only in the Big 12, but in the country.  With 3 games left, Texas is in a position were they probably need to win 2 out of 3 to be invited to March Madness. A win in Lawrence would all but punch their ticket to the big dance and that is what makes this game so dangerous for the struggling Jayhawks.  Coming off of losing 2 of their last 3 and 3 of their last 6 after winning their first 8 out of 9, the Jayhawks are backing into their 11th straight conference title.  The good news for the Jayhawks is they also control their own destiny.  If lightening strikes and TCU pulls the upset in Norman, and WVU and ISU both lose on the road, KU could actually clinch their 11th straight title on Saturday with a win.   Considering that is extremely unlikely, this is almost a must win game for Kansas as their final two games are against West Virginia and at Oklahoma.  Texas has the ability to win this game and they have always played Kansas tough. For Texas this is a knockout game.  For Kansas this is a must win.  3 barcaloungers.

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TCU  (17-11, 4-11 Big 12)
@  16 Oklahoma  (19-8, 10-5 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

If Baylor is the hottest team, the Sooners are right behind them.  Having won 7 out of 8 after losing 4 out of 5, Oklahoma has been on a roller coaster this year. The third team that controls its own destiny, OU is just looking to avoid an upset against TCU.  Like Kansas, this is almost a must win game for Oklahoma as their final two games are brutal with @ISU and home against KU.  However, TCU has finally started converting those close games I kept harping about and now have won 3 of their last 4 including a win against Oklahoma State.  Unfortunately for the Horned Frogs, I think run is coming to an end with a schedule like @OU, @OSU, and ISU to end their season.  If the Sooners can’t win this game, their chance for a conference title just grew much dimmer. I give it 2 1/2 barcaloungers because the stakes are so high for OU.

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Oklahoma St (17-10, 7-8 Big 12)
@  Texas Tech  (12-17, 2-14 Big 12)

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Why you should watch:

Tech has been awful pretty much all season, but the last few weeks in particular.  Oklahoma State has lost three in a row, starting with a humiliation in Ft. Worth.  Nobody started February hotter than Oklahoma State, playing five ranked teams in a row and taking four of them, including Kansas and Baylor (twice), yet only Tech is ending February colder than Oklahoma State.  If the Cowboys lose it will be a devastating punctuation point to their season.  That is all I can really say about this game.  Just don’t lose Cowboys.  1 1/2 barcaloungers.

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